Billie Lourd Speaks Out on the Deaths of Carrie Fisher & Debbie Reynolds
One week after Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds suddenly died one day apart, Billie Lourd is breaking her silence.
Lourd lost her mom, Fisher, after she suffered a massive heart attack on an airplane. One day later, she would mourn her grandmother, Reynolds, who suffered a stroke while planning Fisher's funeral.
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Billie wrote on Instagram, "Receiving all of your prayers and kind words over the past week has given me strength during a time I thought strength could not exist. There are no words to express how much I will miss my Abadaba and my one and only Momby. Your love and support means the world to me.”
One month before their passings, Billie did a spot-on impression of Reynolds on “Late Night with Seth Meyers.” She also joked, "First of all, she gets really upset when I get called 'Carrie Fisher's daughter.' She wants people to call me 'Debbie Reynolds' granddaughter.' It's very offensive to her. She does not like to be cut out — not at all. She started it. It's her fault.” Watch.
Along with Billie, Carrie's "Star Wars" co-star Mark Hamill and her half-sister Joely Fisher also paid tribute to her in guest columns for The Hollywood Reporter.
Mark wrote about working with Carrie on set, "I was just in awe of her. She was so committed to joy and fun and embracing life. She had an Auntie Mame quality to her. I would do crazy things to amuse her on the set. Making her laugh was always a badge of honor.”
Joely wrote, "You all lost Princess Leia and Carrie Fisher; I lost my hero, my mentor, my mirror." She also opened up about speaking to Carrie right before her medical emergency, revealing, "During our transcontinental chat before Carrie's fateful flight from London to L.A., we promised we'd spend Christmas together. It's a promise we kept, although not in a way either of us had anticipated. Throughout the holiday, I sat by her side in a hospital room filled with a cacophony of sounds made by the machines keeping her barely alive. Debbie, of course, was there as well. She told me that she'd been praying for more time. More time for Carrie, for herself and for Connie. I knew if those prayers weren't answered, Debbie might very well join her daughter.”
"My sister would have wanted a dramatic exit," she continued, "she just might have wished for another couple of decades before making one… She would have wanted us to celebrate her life, her words and for Billie to be whole."